The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is one of the five New South Wales State Cultural Institutions. Together with Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Museum, State Library of New South Wales and Sydney Opera House, MAAS manages significant cultural heritage collections and provide services and programs throughout the State.
Together, these institutions provide a unique and irreplaceable archive of our history and contemporary culture that was valued at over $7.6 billion in 2011/12. These ‘creativity archives’ provide a unique resource for research and inspiration.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
From our base in Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is dedicated to serving the widest possible audience as a centre of excellence for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and display of Australian and international art, and a forum for scholarship, art education and the exchange of ideas.
The Australian Museum is the nation’s first museum, and is an internationally recognised natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. For over 180 years, the Australian Museum has been at the forefront of scientific research, collection and education, inspiring exploration of nature and culture.
State Library of New South Wales
A world-leading library, the State Library of New South Wales informs and educates on site, online and on tour. One of New South Wales’ most valuable assets, the Library’s rich historical and contemporary collections document the heritage of Australia and the Pacific.
Sydney Opera House
A global icon, and an internationally recognised symbol of Australia, the Sydney Opera House is one of the great architectural masterpieces of the 20th century. It is also one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres, with more than 8.2 million visitors a year and hosting 2,000 performances attended by 1.5 million people.
Locations of cultural institutions